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Zaw Win Lay
Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1996 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2385
Highest rating achieved in database: 2574

Overall record: +22 -18 =21 (53.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B42 B47 B99 B44 B52
 French Defense (5) 
    C05 C07
 French Tarrasch (5) 
    C05 C07
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C60 C98 C97 C85
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B17 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C92 C69 C90 C78
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 A46 D05
 Queen's Indian (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zaw Win Lay vs Wynn Zaw Htun, 1999 1-0
   Zaw Win Lay vs R Majella, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wotulo Memorial (2001)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)

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(born Oct-22-1963, died Oct-03-2014, 50 years old) Myanmar

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Zaw Win Lay was the first Myanmar International Master and Grandmaster. He died in Mandalay, Myanmar leaving behind two daughters. He was a four-times Myanmar National Champion.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adianto vs Zaw Win Lay  1-0591996Ch Asian Cities (team)E46 Nimzo-Indian
2. Htun Lynn Kyaw vs Zaw Win Lay  0-1291999YangonA05 Reti Opening
3. Zaw Win Lay vs V Sunthornpongsathorn  ½-½211999YangonC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
4. Khin Than vs Zaw Win Lay  0-1251999YangonB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
5. Zaw Win Lay vs Wynn Zaw Htun 1-0281999YangonB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. O Ganbold vs Zaw Win Lay  ½-½181999YangonA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Zaw Win Lay vs M Al-Modiahki  0-1381999YangonB44 Sicilian
8. Khin Thaung vs Zaw Win Lay 0-1381999YangonB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
9. Zaw Win Lay vs Than Soe Aung  1-0401999YangonA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Liang Jinrong vs Zaw Win Lay  ½-½231999YangonC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Zaw Win Lay vs Zaw Oo 1-0241999YangonC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. M Aung Hlaing vs Zaw Win Lay  ½-½121999YangonC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Zaw Win Lay vs J Ye 0-1331999YangonE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. Thein Dan Oo vs Zaw Win Lay  0-1301999YangonE97 King's Indian
15. Zaw Win Lay vs Moun Moun Latt  1-0311999YangonC42 Petrov Defense
16. R Gunawan vs Zaw Win Lay  ½-½332000Japfa ClassicA13 English
17. Zaw Win Lay vs Ehlvest  1-0622000Japfa ClassicB06 Robatsch
18. Karpov vs Zaw Win Lay  ½-½722000Japfa ClassicD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Zaw Win Lay vs Timman  ½-½752000Japfa ClassicB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. Adianto vs Zaw Win Lay  1-0202000Japfa ClassicE12 Queen's Indian
21. Zaw Win Lay vs Polgar  0-1762000Japfa ClassicB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. G Milos vs Zaw Win Lay  1-0342000Japfa ClassicC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Zaw Win Lay vs Khalifman 0-1212000Japfa ClassicC07 French, Tarrasch
24. Zaw Win Lay vs Seirawan  0-1562000Japfa ClassicB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. Zaw Win Lay vs T Reilly  0-1382000Japfa opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
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May-28-05  offramp: Sensational Chess Boom in Myanmar

by Milan Novkovic

Forget the Russian School of Chess! Forget about Boeblingen 1998 and "Fritz" up someone's sleeve. In Myanmar you can push your FIDE-rating to unknown heights much more effectively, quickly - and with the blessing of FIDE. If things continue as successfully and as peacefully as in a last two years, then the former Burma - situated between China, India and Thailand - will produce the world's next number one and the top 100 of the FIDE rating list will be adorned by hitherto absolutely unfamiliar names.

In January 1997 Myanmar had a relatively modest number of internationally rated players, totalling six. Highest ranking among these proteges of Caissa was Lwin Aye with 2360. But that year saw the beginning of a chess boom in the country of Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel peace price and leader of the opposition movement. Its not clear whether the chess players have been refused visa by the military junta so that they could not play abroad or whether other reasons have kept them from doing so, but they have still managed to turn their situation into an advantage by fighting numerous tournaments among themselves.

There some managed to achieve almost superhuman feats. Chief among those unsung heroes is Moun Moun Latt, who scored 15,5 out of 18 in the "9th TMW Invtl Rating Trnmt" in September 1998 in Myanmar. His opponents were all fellow countrymen with an average rating of 2391. Thus he gained a rating of 2554 and number 196 on the current list, one point ahead of such GMs as Lobron, Macieja and Dzindzichashvili.

Moun Moun Latt is only one of the many shooting stars from Myanmar. Until July 1998 as many as 73 players had catapulted themselves into the FIDE-list. Much to the chagrin of the visionary and mathematically gifted organizers of such tournaments as the "Battle of two Cities", the "Department Chess Tournament" or even the "Tal-Memorial" - all taking place in Myanmar - a great number of active players still did not produce the necessary peak.

May-28-05  offramp: Therefore, the established players continued to crush new-found aficionados of the game until they had reached olympic status in terms of ELO. Chessfriends all over the world had to wait for an unduly long time to see their strength reflected in numbers, but for the men from Myanmar it was well worth the wait. 201 players are listed as of January 1999, among them 16 with a rating higher than 2500 and 36 with more than 2400. Only Russia, Germany, the Ukraine, the USA, Yugoslavia and Hungary do better. Even chess powers like England and Israel or the Netherlands have failed to push so many players beyond 2400, despite decades of hard work, that is.

Zaw Win Lay - a name to remember

If the chess-boom in Myanmar continues in this vein, then Garry Kasparov will certainly lose his top position on the FIDE list, but he will not do so to Anand or Kramnik, but - most likely - to Zaw Win Lay. In January 1997 Lay was far behind with a measly 2230. In the meantime he has improved by leaps and bounds, thus becoming his country's number one and the world's number 155 with 2565 ELO. As he picks up roughly 100 points per rating period, it's easy to figure how long Kasparov will remain unchallenged.

In August 1998 Zaw Win Lay (then ELO 2465) crushed 10 fellow countrymen at the "Battle of two Cities" with 10/10, gaining 35 points. This resembled his triumph at the "Tal Memorial". There he destroyed all local opposition (average rating 2386) by scoring 11/12. Two more triumphs in local tournaments were to follow. Unfortunately, he dropped 16 rating points at the Rangoon zonal (zone 3.2a) in December against an average of 2329. The tournament saw Indonesian GM Utut Adianto in first place. Mr Zaw finished among the also-rans with 4,5/9. Nevertheless, the second half of 1998 brought another 100 rating points.

Independent observers hope that Mr Zaw can get over this unexpected setback at the hands - and minds - of foreign players. They hope that he will be able to rehabilitate himself on native soil in the tournaments to come. Anyhow, the chess world is eagerly awaiting the July 1999 rating list. Perhaps it will announce the first player from Myanmar to cross the threshold of 2600.

Nov-10-05  atripodi: Well he beat Elvest and drew Karpov, so he can't be a total hack. But the whole Myanmar situation is like Claude Bloodgood's rating inflation on a national scale.
Nov-11-05  notsodeepthought: <Zaw Win Lay - a name to remember> Certainly <Win Lay> sounds like a successful night in two important departments.
Mar-26-06  romerno: <atripodi> Thanks for your comment. It's unfortunate that there was rating inflation,but it is unfair to the players to blame them or mock them for the whole situation, and certainly Zaw Win Lay is not a hack!
Mar-26-06  EmperorAtahualpa: How does this rating inflation trick work? I know how it goes on chess websites like FICS, but I guess in real life it goes differently.
Nov-30-06  Maatalkko: <notsodeepthought> ROFLMAO!
Dec-02-06  Rocafella: <notsodeepthought> LOL I bow down, you are a legend. Notsodeepthought boys REPRAZENT :P
Dec-01-09  psmith: "Current Fide rating 2382"

well, apparently it didn't happen.

Dec-01-09  lentil: I am reminded of the scam used by Claude Bloodgood to become the 2nd highest-rated player in the US: play huge numbers of games against much weaker opponents and win >90% of them. Even at +2 rating points per game, the gain would be impressive.
Oct-22-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 50th Birthday GM Zaw Win Lay! :D

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the <POTD>: Zaw Win Lay.
Oct-22-13  TheFocus: In Hawaii, tourists get leid every day.
Oct-22-13  TheFocus: "Don't just lay there! Make a move!"
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  perfidious: <EmperorAtahualpa: How does this rating inflation trick work? I know how it goes on chess websites like FICS, but I guess in real life it goes differently.>

There is always Strumica 1997, with which you would be familiar, given that the very first kibitz on Azmaiparashvili vs Kurajica, 1995 was by you.

Oct-08-14  Eastfrisian: According to the FIDE Zaw Win Lay died on October 3, 2014 in Mandalay due to diabetes and high blood pressure. R.I.P.
Oct-15-14  wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Zaw Win Lay..

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  perfidious: <notsodeepthought: <Zaw Win Lay - a name to remember> Certainly <Win Lay> sounds like a successful night in two important departments.>

Maybe more than the two to which this poster alludes--I've no objection to laying odds and coming out winner!

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  Domdaniel: Zaw Win Lay will be remembered for his loss to Khalifman in the Tarrasch/Chistiakov line of the French: Zaw Win Lay vs Khalifman, 2000.

Zaw follows theory all the way to a refutation.

In the Chess Stars book reviewing the year's most theoretically important games, Khalifman wrote that he had been curious about the real strength of players in Burma/Myanmar, but this game went some distance towards assuaging his curiosity.

Oct-04-19  BIDMONFA: Zaw Win Lay


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  Dionysius1: Very interesting from <offramp> above.

It conjures up the vision of Mayanmar players earning local Elo ratings of 2600, even 2700, but without playing the international tournaments necessary for IM and GM qualifications.

Ah well

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